The July issue of The BV is here! 🙂

In this issue: Nick Heyward chooses his Dorset Island Discs, and looks back on rough...

Your Community, Your Stories

The BV magazine – our home is in the Blackmore Vale, our heart is rural Dorset

Crops and care at Rawston Farm

June at Rawston Farm: with crops finally growing well, James Cossins enjoys the June lull crucial meetings on crop varieties and mental health The past...

The farmer who fly tipped

Andrew Livingston calls for action on the relentless litter and fly-tipping that plagues farms … except for that one case of the rubble … Well...

BV Magazine shortlisted for another national award!

EXCITING NEWS – guess who’s been shortlisted (again) for another national award? Yep, it's us! The BV is a finalist for Regional News...

1:1 Teaching Assistant | Milton Abbey School

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A century ago in Sherborne : POSTCARDS FROM A DORSET COLLECTION

This month Barry Cuff has chosen century-old postcards of Cheap Street and what was then the Ladies College in Sherborne… Sent to Miss L Sharp...

Piddletrenthide : Then and Now

Step back in time with our ‘Then and Now’ feature, where vintage postcards from the Barry Cuff Collection meet modern-day reality. Explore the past...

Badbury Rings: King Arthur’s greatest victory?

North Dorset CPRE’s Rupert Hardy travels through the enigmatic past of the Iron Age fort and its mythical connection to King Arthur Badbury Rings, the...

Buckland Newton | Then & Now

Step back in time with our ‘Then and Now’ feature, where vintage postcards from the Barry Cuff Collection meet modern-day reality. Explore the past...

A century ago in Hinton Martell | POSTCARDS FROM A DORSET COLLECTION

This month Barry Cuff has chosen a couple of postcards of Hinton Martell. Lying four miles north of Wimborne, it is curiously the only...

Wimborne Minster through time

A final tribute: Roger Guttridge’s last literary journey as his words and Barry Cuff’s images take us on a stroll through the town’s past My...
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The BV magazine is a monthly digital publication which launched in August 2020, and it is in no way connected with the original, much-loved Blackmore Vale Magazine (owned by Reach PLC, and which ceased publication early the same year), nor with any other, more recently launched printed publication with a similar name. Never the free paper you pick up from the floor of the petrol station, The BV is the half hour read you spend a weekend coffee with.

Dorset Island Discs

Dorset Food & Drink

This is a simple and oh-so-tasty summer dish, combining the delicious umami flavours ofsoy and miso with the decadence of honey...

When Peter Morgan began making cheese, he sought the advice of people who had more than 120 years experience in the...

Feltham’s Farm Organic Cheeses has clinched the title for Best Organic Cheese at the Artisan Cheese Awards 2024 with its renowned...

Carolyn Hopkins learned her trade as a cheesemonger with Charlie Turnbull at the still-missed Turnbulls Delicatessen and Cafe in Shaftesbury. Now...

It’s not jingoism or an idle boast – these days British cheese-makers are doing brilliant and exciting things (and we still...

A much-loved sister to the doughnut, Churros seem as though they’re probably just as fiddly to make. But in reality, Churros...

Dorset Farming

Crops and care at Rawston Farm

June at Rawston Farm: with crops finally growing well,...

The farmer who fly tipped

Andrew Livingston calls for action on the relentless litter...

FCN – always there to walk with you

Barrie Cooper, a Blandford dairy and beef farmer, shares...

The forgotten art of hedgerow life cycles

With new incentives for sustainable farming, hedgerows are crucial...

Nabbing the farming vote

Andrew Livingston found some unexpected optimism in May, but...

Keeping poultry can be ‘fowl’ through winter bird flu season | Voice of a Farmer

A surge in people keeping their own poultry during the lock-down egg shortage could be why ‘bird flu’ is spreading from wild to domestic...

Dorset Wildlife

The fascinating lives of oil beetles

Easy to identify and a downright astonishing lifecycle –...

Your garden’s hiddenambush artists

The colour-changing flower crab spider hunts among the summer...

The forgotten art of hedgerow life cycles

With new incentives for sustainable farming, hedgerows are crucial...

Seals – what to do if you spot one

Encountering seals on the Dorset shore is increasingly common;...

Why is wildife so stupid?

After a roadside rescue of a bunch of toddler...

Seals – what to do if you spot one

Encountering seals on the Dorset shore is increasingly common; DWT’s Julie Hatcher shares the proper behaviour to ensure their ongoing safety Seals have been in...

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